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Church Estate Almshouses Richmond

Summary

The Church Estate Almshouses were established in 1844 for men and women who were members of the C of E. The almshouses were built adjacent to Hickey's Almshouses, and residents were able to use hickey's Chapel. In 1968 two new blocks, each of 4 studio flats, were built on the bombed site of former tenanted property. The terrace of buildings face onto Sheen Road set back behind a garden with lawn, trees and flower borders. To the rear is a secret secluded garden created in the C21st, the work of one of the residents.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Richmond Church Charity Estate

Site location:
Sheen Road

Postcode:
TW10 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
1844

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LB: Almshouses

Borough:
Richmond

Site ownership:
The Richmond Charities

Site management:
contractors: Bridges Landscaping and Roscoe Landscaping

Open to public?
Occasionally

Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for residents onlyHas taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in the past.

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Rail: North Sheen then bus. Bus: 33, 337, 493

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.therichmondcharities.co.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ187751

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
St Matthias and Sheen Road

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Richmond Church Charity Estate is probably the oldest charity in Richmond, thought to have been founded in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I by Thomas Owings who bequeathed land for the use of the poor of the parish, but it may date back as far as 1375 with an endowment provided by Merton Priory. In May 2004, the Church Estate Almshouses were transferred to Richmond Charities' Almshouses, and the Church Estate is now known as Richmond Church Charity Estate/

Sources consulted:

Richmond Charities' Almshouses notes, provided for Open Garden Squares Weekend, 2009

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